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Getting the Device
Cardiac resynchronisation therapy can help restore a normal coordinated heart rhythm by delivering pacing to both sides of the heart. Pacing consists of delivering a steady pattern of small electrical pulses to the heart muscle through the implanted leads.
Your doctor will use specific criteria to determine if you are a potential candidate for cardiac resynchronisation therapy.
Several types of doctors specialise in managing people with heart failure. A good first step is to see your primary care doctor.
Your doctor may use the following criteria to determine if you are a potential candidate for cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT):
Ask your doctor if you are a candidate for a CRT heart device.
Several types of doctors specialise in caring for people with heart failure. A good first step is to see your primary care doctor or GP. Continue to work with your doctor to manage all aspects of your total healthcare.
He or she may advise you to see one or more of these specialists to manage your heart condition:
Your specialist will typically send back full reports to your primary care doctor, who knows your entire medical history and is a key partner in the long-term management of your heart condition.
Implanting a cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) heart device is not an open-heart procedure. Before surgery, medication is usually given to make you sleepy and comfortable. The procedure can be performed under local or general anaesthesia.
You will usually stay in the hospital overnight and go home the next day with instructions on caring for your incision. For a short time after surgery, your doctor may want you to limit how much you move the arm closest to the implant site.
Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.